Congratulations to Professors Robert Kramer and Libby Pelter in the Department of Chemistry and Physics for receiving their latest patent! Together with Professor John Patterson at Purdue West Lafayette, they invented a process that produces hydrogen from garbage, sewage, and other organic wastes. Building on this process, the team plans to develop a modular energy system that can be dropped into storm-ravaged or war-torn areas as well as used in commercial production processes. This system would eliminate potentially hazardous organic wastes, converting them into clean energy and water.
Hydrogen is an environmentally friendly clean burning fuel that only produces water vapor as it burns. It can be used to generate electricity, power vehicles, or provide heat for various applications. The newly awarded patent employs an approach pioneered at the PNW Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center and expands upon a previous research grant from the US Department of Energy. The research team is currently seeking additional funding to further the project and scale up the process for commercial development. #PNWCESPride